Stan Collymore comments on Leeds takeover situation, hopes Aston Villa follow suit

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Stan Collymore is backing a bid from Leeds fans to take over at Elland Road.

Pundit Stan Collymore has backed Leeds Fans United's takeover of Leeds United - and even called upon a similar scenario at Aston Villa.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has agreed a deal in principle to sell his stake in the club to the Leeds Fans United supporters group, as reported by BBC Sport.

Should the deal be completed, it would see Italian owner Cellino leave Elland Road after an ill-fated 18 month spell with the club, which has seen six different managers take charge of the club.

Leeds fans were vocal in their disapproval of Cellino during the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn on Thursday, and a divorce between club and owner seems almost inevitable.

With a deal seemingly in the pipeline, pundit Stan Collymore has taken to Twitter to give his thoughts on Leeds fans owning the club, and even urged Aston Villa fans to do the same, with the state of his boyhood club up for discussion of late.

Villa owner Randy Lerner wants to sell the club, but there have so far been no takers, despite Villa being one of English football's major sleeping giants - and Collymore's rallying cry could at least inspire some fans to form a consortium as Leeds fans bid for control of their club.

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